Asimo is a humanoid robot designed to be a helper to people. It can run, dance, hop, and kick a soccer ball. It travels the world as an ambassador to robokind, making humans excited about robotics.
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Did You Know?
Asimo stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, but the acronym was derived from the Japanese word "asi," which loosely translates to "foot" or "leg."
In 2006, Asimo appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Yes, they danced.
Honda has stated that "Asimo will not be employed for any military purpose." Whew!
In 2008, Asimo conducted the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in a performance of "Impossible Dream."
- Able to navigate human environments, recognize faces, and understand speech. Bipedal walking based on ZMP (Zero Moment Point) control approach.
- 130 cm | 51.2 in
- N/A cm | N/A in
- 45 cm | 17.7 in
- 48 kg | 105.8 lb
- 9 km/h | 5.6 mph (running); 2.7 km/h | 1.7 mph (walking)
- Head with cameras and microphones. Torso with gyroscope and accelerometer. Foot with six-axis force sensor. Hands with tactile sensors in the palms and force sensor on each finger.
- More than 26 DC motors and brushless DC motors.
- 51.8-V lithium-ion battery, 1 hour of operation
- Custom computing and control system.
- VxWorks real-time OS and custom control software.
- DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
- 57 (Head: 3 DoF; Arm: 7 DoF x 2; Hand: 13 DoF x 2; Hip: 2 DoF; Leg: 6 DoF x 2)
- Body made of a magnesium alloy frame covered with a plastic resin.
Honda started developing humanoid robots in 1986. Over the next two decades, the company built about a dozen prototypes. Early robots (models E1 to E6) focused on legged locomotion. Next, Honda engineers added a head, torso, and arms to the robot to improve balance and add functionality. In 1993, Honda unveiled its first humanoid, the P1, a rather large machine at 1.9 m (6'2") and 175 kg (386 lb). The P1 was followed by the P2 in 1996 and the P3 in 1997. On 31 October 2000, Honda introduced its now-famous humanoid, Asimo. In 2004, Asimo was inducted into Carnegie Mellon's Robot Hall of Fame as the first robot to demonstrate true human-like mobility. A second-generation Asimo debuted in 2005. In November 2011, Honda unveiled an improved design, which it called an "all-new Asimo."
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Tue, July 03, 2018
Honda Halts Asimo Development in Favor of More Useful Humanoid Robots
Honda will focus on elder care and disaster robots rather than improvements to its iconic humanoid
Thu, June 28, 2018
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Honda's E2-DR is strong, nimble, and can get rained on without exploding
Mon, October 02, 2017